1 Kings 20:2
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New International Version
He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, "This is what Ben-Hadad says:

New Living Translation
Ben-hadad sent messengers into the city to relay this message to King Ahab of Israel: "This is what Ben-hadad says:

English Standard Version
And he sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, “Thus says Ben-hadad:

New American Standard Bible
Then he sent messengers to the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, "Thus says Ben-hadad,

King James Bible
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, "This is what Ben-hadad says:

International Standard Version
Then he sent envoys to visit King Ahab of Israel and told him, "This is what Ben-hadad says:

NET Bible
He sent messengers to King Ahab of Israel, who was in the city.

New Heart English Bible
He sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said to him, "Thus says Ben Hadad,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He sent messengers into the city to King Ahab of Israel. They told Ahab, "This is what Benhadad says:

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city,

New American Standard 1977
Then he sent messengers to the city to Ahab king of Israel, and said to him, “Thus says Ben-hadad,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he sent messengers to Ahab, king of Israel, into the city and said unto him, Thus hath Benhadad said,

King James 2000 Bible
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus says Ben-hadad,

American King James Version
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said to him, Thus said Benhadad,

American Standard Version
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And, sending messengers to Achab king of Israel into the city,

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said to him, Thus says Ben-Hadad:

English Revised Version
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,

Webster's Bible Translation
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said to him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,

World English Bible
He sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said to him, "Thus says Ben Hadad,

Young's Literal Translation
and sendeth messengers unto Ahab king of Israel, to the city,
Study Bible
Ahab's Wars with Syria
1Now Ben-hadad king of Aram gathered all his army, and there were thirty-two kings with him, and horses and chariots. And he went up and besieged Samaria and fought against it. 2Then he sent messengers to the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, "Thus says Ben-hadad, 3'Your silver and your gold are mine; your most beautiful wives and children are also mine.'"…
Cross References
1 Kings 15:18
Then Asa took all the silver and the gold which were left in the treasuries of the house of the LORD and the treasuries of the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants. And King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Aram, who lived in Damascus, saying,

1 Kings 20:1
Now Ben-hadad king of Aram gathered all his army, and there were thirty-two kings with him, and horses and chariots. And he went up and besieged Samaria and fought against it.

1 Kings 20:3
'Your silver and your gold are mine; your most beautiful wives and children are also mine.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said to him, Thus said Benhadad,

2 Kings 19:9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is …

Isaiah 36:2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem …

Isaiah 37:9,10 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come …

Verse 2. - And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into [Heb. to. It is not clear that they entered the city. They may have delivered their message to the king, or to his representatives at the gates or to the people on the walls (2 Kings 18:18, 27)] the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad, And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city,.... Who there remained, and attempted not to go forth and meet him, and stop his progress, though he must have passed great part of his dominions to come to Samaria:

and said unto him, thus saith Benhadad; by them, his messengers, as follows. 2-12. Thus said Ben-hadad, Thy silver and thy gold is mine—To this message sent him during the siege, Ahab returned a tame and submissive answer, probably thinking it meant no more than an exaction of tribute. But the demand was repeated with greater insolence; and yet, from the abject character of Ahab, there is reason to believe he would have yielded to this arrogant claim also, had not the voice of his subjects been raised against it. Ben-hadad's object in these and other boastful menaces was to intimidate Ahab. But the weak sovereign began to show a little more spirit, as appears in his abandoning "my lord the king" for the single "tell him," and giving him a dry but sarcastic hint to glory no more till the victory is won. Kindling into a rage at the cool defiance, Ben-hadad gave orders for the immediate sack of the city.20:1-11 Benhadad sent Ahab a very insolent demand. Ahab sent a very disgraceful submission; sin brings men into such straits, by putting them out of the Divine protection. If God do not rule us, our enemies shall: guilt dispirits men, and makes them cowards. Ahab became desperate. Men will part with their most pleasant things, those they most love, to save their lives; yet they lose their souls rather than part with any pleasure or interest to prevent it. Here is one of the wisest sayings that ever Ahab spake, and it is a good lesson to all. It is folly to boast of any day to come, since we know not what it may bring forth. Apply it to our spiritual conflicts. Peter fell by self-confidence. Happy is the man who is never off his watch.
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